The French language version of The Cancer Atlas, Second Edition, was launched at a ceremony in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on April 10. The Atlas, published by the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), provides a comprehensive global overview of information about the burden of cancer, associated risk factors, methods of prevention and measures of control. In addition to the print version of the publication, a companion website offers interactive maps and infographics to further explore the Atlas data.
The launch event for the French language version of The Cancer Atlas took place during the Fourth Meeting of the Alliance of African and Mediterranean French Speaking Leagues (ALIAM), in the presence of representatives from 23 francophone countries. Joannie Lortet-Tieulent, senior epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society, joined other global health leaders for the launch, including Madame Dr. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Health and Fight against AIDS of the Ivory Coast, Professor Serigne Magueye Gueye, President of ALIAM, and representatives from the UICC and French League Against Cancer.
During the event, Ms. Lortet-Tieulent gave a presentation on cancer trends in Africa. The presentation showed how the cancer burden in Africa will continue to grow and why preventive and treatment measures are to be taken now throughout the continent.
The launch was covered by local print and radio media outlets. A local radio station broadcast a recording of the launch the following day, and an article on the launch appeared in a journal published in Ivory Coast.
Ms. Lortet-Tieulent received enthusiastic feedback from launch participants for the availability of the French version of The Cancer Atlas. They explained that it was important for them to have the information available in French because English can be an obstacle for them in accessing the information.
The French version (and Spanish version) of The Cancer Atlas, Second Edition, can be downloaded at http://canceratlas.cancer.org/more-languages. For more information on the Atlas in print and online, visit http://canceratlas.cancer.org.